In elite sports, countless coaches tell their players something along the lines of “Pain is weakness draining from the body,” “You gotta be a man and just battle out there,” and so on. Sometimes, injuries can be overcome, such as a sore ankle or a broken hand. However, in some cases – and with concussions in particular – injuries need to be respected. Some recent high-profile examples in American sports show that awareness of the sheer STUPIDITY of playing through injuries is starting to increase.
One prominent example comes from the University of Arizona football team, where the starting quarterback vomits profusely on the field. As Deadspin.com notes in their various commentaries on the Arizona QB, the game announcers are clueless that the vomiting stems from trauma to the brain, induced by an injury from a previous game. The Deadspin video is pretty disgusting, not only because of the vomiting. Near the end of the clip, the QB signals to one of the coaches that he’s OK to stay in the game. WRONG.
In this video, former Arizona State QB Steven Threet, who sustained four concussions in five years of play (the last of which led to a month-long debilitating headache), discusses the danger of concussions within competitive football.
Head injuries are one thing, but what about painful leg injuries that players are asked to play through at a young age? Is it worth battling through significant pain if it means winning a championship for your team? Share your thoughts below.